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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

WTIC, UConn agree to extension

WTIC and UConn have agreed to a multi-year extension which allows WTIC-1080 to remain the flagship radio station for UConn's football, men's and women's basketball programs.

Here's the complete release:

HARTFORD, Conn. (September 12, 2012) – WTIC New Talk 1080 and the UConn-IMG Sports Network announced on Wednesday a new multi-year agreement to broadcast University of Connecticut football, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball games. These rights also include all pre-game and post-game programming.

WTIC News Talk 1080 has been the radio flagship station of UConn athletics for the past 20 seasons and is the only 50,000-watt AM station in Connecticut. The 2012-13 year marks the first time that the UConn radio rights are held by IMG College, which is the Huskies’ multi-media rights partner.

"WTIC News Talk 1080 is proud to continue our longstanding relationship with the University of Connecticut, along with our new partner UConn IMG Sports Marketing,” said Suzanne McDonald Senior Vice President and Market Manager of WTIC-News Talk 1080.  “We look forward to the continued tradition of serving the 2.5 million listeners who tune in to our broadcasts of the UConn football and men's and women's basketball games."

The veteran broadcast team for UConn football and men’s basketball will once again include Joe D’Ambrosio, who will handle play-by-play for the 21st straight year, and Wayne Norman with color commentary, who has been UConn’s radio analyst for football and basketball since 1981. 

In football, Kevin Nathan will report from the sidelines and Bob Joyce will serve as the pre and post game host.  Joyce will also serve as the play-by-play announcer for women’s basketball.

“We are very pleased that WTIC News Talk 1080 will continue to serve as the flagship station of UConn athletics and look forwards to working with our partners at IMG to build the best radio network possible,” said UConn Director of Athletics Warde Manuel. “Generations of Husky fans have grown up listening to UConn on WTIC and we are glad that will continue. In addition, we feel that our listeners will enjoy the enhancements that IMG brings to our product.”

"We’re excited to team with WTIC to bring every game to UConn fans across the state of Connecticut,” said Tom Murphy, General Manager, UConn IMG Sports Marketing.  “Our partnership with WTIC will guarantee fans an unmatched connection to the Huskies for the next several years." 

One thing not mentioned in the release is that WTIC no longer controls the live streaming portion of their broadcasts so those people who do not live close enough to get the signals from WTIC or the other stations which carry UConn games will have to pay to hear the games through the all-access program on www.uconnhuskies.com

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